Sector: CNG

Biomethane proportion in CNG sets record

CNG is quite popular in Sweden, but the goal there is to replace as much fossil natural gas with renewable biomethane as possible. It's being carried out very well, with a record proportion set in the first half of 2015.

The proportion of biomethane in Swedish CNG was always relatively high, with 60% being the bottom line for a long time. But in the first six months of 2015 the figure rose to a record 73%, which isn't just historically significant, but actually shows that demand is on the rise. And that's obviously a good thing.

The high proportion of biomethane makes Sweden a pioneer and shows that the green transition is fully possible.

Anders Mathiasson, managing director at the Swedish Gas Association

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As for CNG sales, the figure for January-June 2015 is 80 million standard cubic metres (61 thousand tonnes). This means there has been an increase over the same period of the previous year, although rather slight. More importantly, the more biogas in the mix, the less carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Of course, cars running on fossil natural gas and on biomethane may have the exact same tailpipe emission figures, but the catch is in the production process that makes biogas so much cleaner.

CNG has been developing steadily in Sweden for 15 years and so has the proportion of biogas added to it. The number of NGVs on the country's roads now exceeds 52 thousand, with growing focus now on gas-powered city buses and heavy-duty trucks. Methane-powered passenger cars are also available, notably from the local brand Volvo. Congratulations on the record and best wishes for setting an even higher one soon!


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Robert Markowski
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